Whole Pig Roast
A whole pig roast is not for everyone. Slowly cooking a large whole hog on a rotisserie over a fire pit is a lot of work requiring time, money and planning. However, for those brave enough to tackle cooking a whole pig, this becomes an amazing summer celebration event which you will remember for years. Your friends will be impressed and, even more importantly, your taste buds will be impressed! The sight of a whole pig cooking over a fire pit is unforgettable and creates an air of celebration and good times. The glazed, golden skin is beautiful and delicious. This is truly a feast for all your senses!
So how do you do it? How do you go about planning and executing roasting a whole pig? Well thats the fun part! Get ready for an adventure you won't soon forget. You've come to the right place. Below you will find links to all the key elements you'll need to plan a pig roast, from sourcing a whole hog, to finding or building a whole pig rotisserie, to recipes and how-to's to get you started. I have even included some info on roasting a whole lamb as well! Good luck and have fun with your roast pig celebration!
- General Tips on How to Cook a Whole Pig - Start here to get some general principles and tips for planning a whole pig roast.
- Where to Find Whole Hogs for Cooking - Sourcing whole pigs can be tricky in some areas. Here are a few tips for tracking down exactly what you need.
- Buying, Building and Using a Whole Hog Rotisserie - A whole hog rotisserie is essential for cooking large whole animals, including pigs, lambs and goats. You need a rotisserie which is both big enough and strong enough to support the weight and turn it slowly over your fire or coals. Here are several suggestions for both do-it-yourself tips and sources for pre-made rotisseries.
- Cooking a Full Size Whole Pig - A full sized whole hog can be quite big and poses quite a challenge for the novice pig roast planner. Here are some tips on how to best tackle roasting a large whole pig.
- Cooking a Suckling Pig - Suckling pig has delicate, tender flesh which is absolutely delicious and considered a delicacy in many cuisines. Because of their smaller size they should be treated a bit differently than a whole sized pig.
- Cooking Pig in a Barbecue Pit in the Ground: The Mumu or Kalua - Traditional polynesian cuisine uses a slightly different technique to cook their whole pig roasts or other whole animals. Rather than roasting in an oven or over a fire pit, they bury the meat underground in a barbecue pit which has been heated up with an intense fire! These underground barbecue pits, called a mumu or kalua, are a unique and fun way to slowly roast a whole hog.
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The best place I know of to buy whole hog rotisseries and other accessories for pit roasts is SpitJack.com. They are very helpful and have a great selection of supplies that are specifically designed for cooking with fire, either in your fireplace or over a fire pit. Their "Whole Hog" and "Rotisseries" section have many great products. Most of the rotisseries pictured on these pages are available from them.
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